Century 21 Calling
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- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
Shows and explains telephone services of the future, many of which have been on exhibit at the Seattle World's Fair.
a "gee whiz" teen boy and girl visit the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Many good shots of various pavilions and exhibits at the Fair, including the Bell Telephone exhibit showcasing 1960's "cutting edge" telephones and communications. Excellent shots of the SPACE NEEDLE (panning up, day and night shots, and filmed at night atop the Needle looking out over Seattle. Also, view from Space Needle elevator as it rises to the top, at night.)
Shots of monorail.
TELEPHONES TELECOMMUNICATIONS SEATTLE WORLD'S FAIRS EXPOSITIONS FUTURISM SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Ring a Ding Ding
Subject: captures the optimism of the early 1960's
The two kids are excited to be there. The technologies demonstrated were very cool for 1962. Who would have dreamed back then that the hard wired land lines of that time would essentially be replaced with the cell phone and smart phone. One smart phone has more computing power than the electronic switching brain they talk about that ran the whole system. Appreciate what you have today and try to act more like the two kids.
The girl's dress was quite ridiculous totally impractical and I'll bet absolutely filthy by the second day of filming. In fact in later scenes she looked dog tired so perhaps the Benzedrine had worn off by then!
If that is what people enjoyed in the 1960s then I despair.
Subject: An Industrial Film Mish-Mash
Only the Bell segment was shot with sound, with a sudden and short narration by Dick Tufeld, the voice of the robot on Lost In Space. His brief vocal appearance almost appears to be an after-thought as if to try to bind the two disparate elements of the film together.
The poor unnamed teenaged actors in this one seem to been given a couple of bags of sugar before the cameras were turned on. A glucose high can be the only explanation for the utter glee the girl has in seeing a mock-up DNA molecule.
The Fairbanks Studio utilised the Capitol Hi-Q library for the music. The film opens with SF-221 Vitesse by Roger Roger. 1:36 - PG-266 Traffic Signal Green; 2:44 - PG-263 Light Vermilion; 3:19 - PG-275 Daffodil Yellow; 4:30 - PG-270 Blush Rose. All are by Phil Green. Unfortunately, the film editor just mashes them together without any flow, as if he had an hour to put together a soundtrack.
The less said about the second-rate Jerry Vale-style jingle praising the future, the better.
Director Robert Larsen may be the Robert W. Larsen who directed "The Narcotics Story", a 1958 quasi-documentary narrated by the King of 50s Movie Trailers, Art Gilmore (who, before going to Hollywood, worked in radio in the Seattle area).
The highlights of the film are no doubt the same things that would have interested audiences in 1962. The perspective view of the monorail is a nice opener, even if a little clichéd. Then there are all those Wonders of Tomorrow, like (gasp!) phones that don't have dials, and phones that can help water your lawn.
It's not a great, or even well-crafted industrial film, but it has enough interesting little spots to be worth a view.
Subject: Hablan por telefono
Subject: Upbeat film
Subject: An video where AT&T pats themselves on the back
Telstar would also play a role at the fair too since it was the first communications satellite launch in the world with the financial backing of AT&T in 1962. Video footage from the fair was relayed to Europe with the help of KING TV via Telstar.
Just about everything that was demonstrated in this pavilion did happen when it comes to daily communication (except for the turning on and off of other electrical appliances). Two years later AT&T would demonstrate the videophone and test marketed it during the fair but it didn't pan out until the web camera and high speed internet was in our hands.
This is a very different exhibit that the one that would be done 12 years later at Expo 74.
This video shows how the Belltown and Denny Regrade sections of Seattle looked like before the .com explosion happened in the 1990s turning the neighborhood into pricey condos, high tech offices, and bars with pricey martinis.
Subject: Clearly not
Finally they go to the space needle; check out the elevator operators with capes!
Subject: FIRST Hacking possibility ever !!!!!
I'm going to telephone activate Joshes wotering system 24/7 that idiot is going to pay ! His woter bill is going over the roof ! HAHAHAHAHA.
Subject: I Are There
Subject: An Eye-Opener For Me
Subject: Not Perfect, But Has Value
The music at the start is so good that yep, I'll give it an extra star. Overall, 5/5.
Subject: These Kids are CRAZY!!!
They run in front of people at the fair. They cut in line. Their over enthusiastic psychosis seems to be a disruption to the whole theme of the fair.
I would LOVE to take this ADHD big dress wearing girl to a Motel 6. If she almost had an organism of emotion when seeing a model of an Atom....well.....I would send her to the moon. It looks as though she needs to be pounded in bed and given MANY organisms to quench her over active metabolism.
Jerry Fairbanks had a VERY interesting and varied career..Speaking of Animals, and the produciton of Crusader Rabbit with Jay Ward.
Thanks to Dodsworth for updating us on the identities of the composers. Phil Green alone did a lot of stock cues. I had tried to find the show Happy with Ronnie Burns, and which I had mis-remembered Mickey Rooney as being involved with for some reason, and was tyring to get it on here after seeing only a little elsewhere..I had cau8ght a glimspe of Little Amy and Meet Corliss Archer earlier--these also had similiar cues..]
Subject: Nerd Dream Date
Subject: Almost Jetsons
For example, domestic "call waiting" and auto-dialing did not come into use in the home until the 1980's. Before the cellphone was ubiquitous, I remember using a small beeper/tone to check my phone messages at home [from a remote location like a telephone booth!] on the answering machine in 1984 - and this was supposedly rather revolutionary.
Certainly a number of options were available for corporate use earlier on, but very expensive and out of reach for the domestic consumer. Sad how things can take such a long time for general acceptance. Nevertheless - I always enjoy the cheerful "wonder of it all" optimism of these films. It seems now, we're all just so jaded with our "done that/been there" attitude. Do they even have a World's Fair anymore? Or is that an impossibility now - that everything is obsolete within a month or two, so an exibit of the future would end up being in the past?
Subject: A Nostalgia for the Future
worth downloading. Thanks Mr prelinger!
Subject: Native Culture so quickly forgotten
Subject: How'd Hilary Do That?
Subject: Rolfe And Liesl On Vacation
Subject: David Rose music?
Subject: Terrific Time Capsule
The eeriest part of this film was the strange, elegiac theme song that appears at the end, while our young pair are staring up at the Sky Dome. Now that we're in the 21st Century, it seems to be an age tottering on the brink. But back in '64, "Century 21" was a wonderful thing, and this theme song captures the euphoria perfectly.
No, the future ain't what it used to be.
Subject: You can find more photos of the fair at www.duckisland.com
Subject: Ma Bell at the World Fair
Funny how most of the phone stuff they talk about has come true. But it took a lot longer than they had planned. Like that really cool 6 pound pager.
Film is worth a look.
Subject: Century 21.
Subject: Rude teens
Subject: Century 21 Exposition - the Seattle's World Fair
Subject: A Total Blast!
Having gotten THAT out of our way, this film features simply one of the most obnoxious couples EVER. While it's certainly fun to see 1964 Seattle, I was constantly distracted by the hammy acting of the couple (especially the girl, who almost shrieks in excitement when she sees... an atom display). The FUNNIEST moments (and they are lots of them) is their sheer RUDENESS. They run run run from one exhibit to another, shoving other people out of the way. People recoil at the site of them charging (these are not actors recoiling, but actual visitors of the fair). In one scene, an older woman is SO startled by the couples' charging into the front of the crowd to watch the music she makes SUCH a rude face. This is a TOTAL must see. Easily one of my favorite films on the site.
Subject: Century 21 Calling
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***. Also available on Assignment Venezuela and Other Shorts and Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Episode #906: Space Children.
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